Caithness in Scotland, is getting ready to welcome visitors to its threshold for a week-long festival of Royal National Mod. The event starts on October 8, Friday with a business lunch in the afternoon and opening ceremony in the evening and ends on 16 October.
The programme of competitions for people of all ages to perform across a range of disciplines begins the following day. The competitions cover a wide range of disciplines including Gaelic Music and Song, Highland Dancing, Instrumental, Drama, Sport and Literature. The Fiddlers Rally is the highlight of the Saturday evening.
During the festival an extensive Mòd Fringe programme takes place which includes performances from some of Scotland’s leading Gaelic singers and musicians and also includes local artistes. The main aim of the event is to provide a national and international platform for promotion of the Gaelic language and culture.
The Mòd provides a major economic and cultural boost to the Caithness area and also attracts considerable national and international publicity, raising the profile of the county. The Mòd also represents an annual opportunity for Gaels and non-Gaels to gather and renew old friendships as well as forging new ones.
Fife is celebrating the great Outdoor Access Festival which will begin from Saturday 31st July and will last untill Sunday 8th August 2010. It is an extensive programme featuring over 100 outdoor events, designed to promote access and enjoyment of Fife’s great outdoors.
The festival, which is in its third year, has gone from strength to strength. This year the organisers are planning to almost doubling the number of events on offer to visitors, ranging from walking to cycling, and rambling for the disabled to horse riding.
For the first time ever this year, organisers are teaming up with nearby Dundee Parkour club to bring urban free running and parkour into Fife. Parkour- a non-competitive sport with French origins, where participants run along a route attempting to climb or negotiate obstacles in the most efficient way possible, is relatively new to the UK.
The festival is run jointly by Fife Coast & Countryside Trust and Fife Access Forum and the events are run by a wide range of over thirty commercial and public sector organisations including Fife Council Outdoor Education Team, Ramblers Scotland, Forth and Tay Disabled Ramblers, British Horse Society and Blown Away Land Yachts.
This year’s festival also plays a key role in the “Celebrating Fife” campaign which is coordinated by Fife Council.
Celebrating Fife 2010 showcases Fife’s unique environment, cultural identity and lifestyle activities. The programme of events and opportunities is ambitious, and aims to raise awareness of Fife’s heritage and its hidden cultural gems. Tickets have already started its sale and everyone who books their festival tickets online will also receive a free copy of the latest Scotland Outdoor Magazine direct to your doorstep!
Glasgow became a perfect hostess to scores of travel agents from around the world who had assembled here to promote Scotland tourism all over the world. The best part is that generated a staggering £1.7 million for the city as they took a glance at the city’s sights and booked with some the 250 exhibitors at the SECC event.
Over 800 travel agents and tour operators from 30 different countries including the USA, Japan, China and Australia attended the Visit Scotland Tourism Expo where they forged tie ups and made deals with various Scottish companies. Glasgow has once again proved the most popular place for the agents to take tours and get informed about the city.
The rich culture and history of Glasgow was showcased at Braehead’s Xscape centre,Clyde Waterfront and a host of hotels, as well as many attractions from the surrounding countryside, including the Glengoyne Distillery north of the city. For most of the buyers it was their first visit to Scotland and the national tourism organisation, provided introductory tours around the city and the country to give them a glimpse of the tourist potential of Glasgow. The tour operators were upbeat and confident that they would be able to bring in more tourists to Glasgow from many far off countries like India and China despite the geography.
Tourism in Scotland employs 200,000 people and generates more than £4 billion for the national economy each year. The recently concluded tourism expo likely to add up to the tourism revenue and popularity of Glasgow, well known for its culture, festival, sporting events and topography.
Scotland – the land rich in its history, culture, raucous festivals, remote islands, tempestuous weather, bustling lifestyle and cosmopolitan city has got it all for everyone. So if you’re planning an exotic holiday or looking for a short break, Scotland would be the best option any day.
This untamed country may be almost the size of England but it treasures moorlands, mountains, beaches, fun loving people and over 800 islands. So much to see and do here that you will love the place for a million reasons. Home to a mosaic of attractions and sights, Scotland has always fascinated everyone; from history lovers to party seekers. This place has got something for everyone.
Scotland welcomes you with a host of destinations starting from its perky capital city Edinburgh flaunting its romantic castles and happening party life. Home to stag and hen groups this city does flaunt an array of party hideouts for all occasions. Glasgow too has much a lot to offer a discerning tourist, apart from its commercial importance Glasgow has always been an ideal tourist hideout all round the year.
Well, Scotland has got many more splendid cities and hamlets which happens to be the right place for anyone, from party lovers to a tranquil holiday seeker. Scottish highlands too offers a romantic setting for all those who loves to explore the scenic surroundings and tons of outdoor activities giving you the taste of real Scotland.
Some of the top Scottish destinations to look for :
So have a great time in Scotland and fall in love with this charming European destination.